Upper Yukon Zone fuel indices remain at near record levels

The Upper Yukon Flats remains the hottest and driest area of the state. Temperatures in the Upper Yukon zone will remain consistent in the 65 degree to 85 degree range with relative humidities between 35 percent and 45 percent. About 4,100 lightning strikes happened across the state yesterday with most touching down in the central […]

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A Blackhawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard hauls a bucket of water to drop on the Rainbow 2 Fire on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alaska Division of Forestry

Rainbow 2 Fire update July 17: Rain aids firefighters’ containment efforts

Firefighters remain focused on preventing the Rainbow 2 Fire from reaching recreational cabins on Clear Creek northwest of Delta Junction. Mother Nature provided some assistance on Tuesday in the form of light precipitation that fell over the fire, which helped bolster containment and mop-up operations. The Rainbow 2 Fire, which was started by lightning on […]

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Shovel Creek Fire July 17 Briefing Highlights from the Front Row

 If you prefer you can watch this video on  YouTube. To watch fireline and aerial footage of the fire subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M Size: 21,298 acres      Containment: 45%       Personnel: 507     Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning Yesterday, aerial resources took advantage of the clear skies to complete more detailed mapping over the fire area. With […]

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Troops on the move in Tanana Zone

As new fires continue to break during the Tanana Zone’s very active fire season, smokejumpers and crews are being pulled from earlier fires and reassigned to the new blazes. On Tuesday a load of eight jumpers working on the South Base Fire (#555), which had been discovered by a helicopter working another fire, provided four […]

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Swan Lake Fire Prepares as Warmer Weather Arrives

YESTERDAY: Fire behavior was moderate. The east flank of the fire continued to smolder in the Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery Creek drainages with minimal spread. The west flank of the fire has been checked by a wet marshy area. TODAY: Firefighters will continue working on the east flank of the fire. Air operations will continue […]

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Nugget Creek Fire July 17 update: Rain on Tuesday slows fire growth

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) received rain over the fire area yesterday morning (July 16), slowing fire growth. The fire is approximately 19,000 acres with growth occurring mainly on the south and east flank, away from Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road. Moderate fire behavior was observed on Tuesday but personnel monitoring the fire […]

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Saw line completed along Cleary Creek drainage – Hess Creek Fire update 7/17/19

Crews made excellent progress placing saw line from the Elliott Highway north to the Cleary Creek drainage to tie into an already burned area of the #HessCreekFire. This line will provide a solid anchor point to begin firing operations should firefighters need to conduct burnout operations along the Elliott Highway. Today, crews will likely begin […]

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Air boats on river

Shovel Creek Fire July 17 8am Update: Shovel Creek Fire Community Meeting Scheduled for Thursday

Watch videos and fire footage at the Shovel Creek Fire YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M Current Statistics: Size: 21,298 acres      Containment: 45%       Personnel: 507    Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning Yesterday, aerial resources took advantage of the clear skies to complete more detailed mapping over the fire area. With the better mapping of the fire perimeter, the […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/16- 7/17: When will the smoke clear?

Locals and tourists ask: “When will the smoke clear?” and “Where can we go to get away from the smoke?” As we receive moisture and temperatures change, fire behavior will slow and smoke will decrease. Alaska is a big state and conditions vary. Air Resource Advisors collect information about fuels, fire behavior, terrain and weather […]

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Southwest Area Fires Surpass 400,000 Acres

Alaska’s Division of Forestry is staffing five fires in the Southwest Area, defending two gold mines and multiple structures at the sites, the village of Red Devil, the historic town of Flat, and several cabins along the Kuskokwim River. 400,813 acres have burned in Southwest Alaska this year. There are 65 active fires in the […]

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